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he's apparently pretty clever -- at two separate facilities. we're going to show you how he did it coming up. >> authorities actually think fellow inmates may have been helping him in this story. unbelievable. and a story to tell you about, a father and daughter reunited. the bizarre case of a soldier whose daughter was put up for adoption without him even knowing it. we'll tell you what he had to do to get her back, and obviously the family that had adopted her, what they're going through, as well. >> they are distraught. the other angle on this. a fascinating story coming up. take a look at this. this is a veteran reporter on what she thought was a safe assignment in the barnyard. what happens next is hilarious. apparently a goat can turn on you. we're going to talk to her coming up in "fixation" in just a little bit. but we are going to start here this morning with that ice storm on the move across america, and behind it, we hope -- we've wrung a promise out of ginger that this is true, that there is a big thaw is on the way. abc's meteorologist ginger zee with the forecast. hey, there, ginger. >> hey, a big thaw for a short time.
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we will get to that. don't hope any longer. your hopes have been fulfilled, dan. that winter storm affecting this morning a lot of the midwest, parts of the great lakes too. we've got freezing rain advisories in all the purple. a winter storm warning in hot pink and light snow for parts of wisconsin and michigan on the way. here's what's going to happen. a warm front is going to lift close, and what happens, all that warm air over that extreme cold drops freezing rain, and that is going to be an icy quarter inch or more along that warm front, and then it's going to move. this is by monday morning into parts of the northeast, and it's going to die out slightly. here's what we expect, some light snow in parts of the northeast by monday, albany, in there and lake effect enhanced, but all of this purple area, this is where i need you to pay attention. that's going to be the really dangerous stuff, i'm talking on roads and sidewalks, not enough ice to do a whole lot to power lines, and here you go, dan, i promised almost 60 in chicago on tuesday, new york city by wednesday, 61 after not being at freezing for almost a week. >> i'm breaking out the sunscreen. excellent. >> 60 degrees, something to look forward to. thanks, ginger. now, let's go to ron
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claiborne with a check of the other stories developing. >> hello, bianna, dan. good morning, everyone. we begin with new evidence that north korea is moving closer to another nuclear test. north korean leader kim jong-un is vowing to take in his words substantial and high-profile action in response to new u.n. sanctions over the over last month's rocket launch by the north. the north has already warned it is preparing to launch more rockets capable of reaching the u.s. and is planning to conduct its third nuclear test. the united states has agreed to offer logistical support to france in its fight against al qaeda extremists in the african nation of mali. the u.s. military will provide refueling tankers to the french that they requested and fly in troops from other african countries. on saturday french troops scored a key strategic victory taking control of a crucial airport and bridge in mali. and casey anthony is back in the headlines, the woman acquitted of killing her daughter is now filing for bankruptcy protection in florida because of her long and very expensive legal fight.
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>> as to the charge -- >> reporter: just 18 months ago a pinellas county jury found casey anthony not guilty -- >> we the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: -- of killing her 2-year-old daughter caylee in a case many called the social media trial of the century. shortly after being acquitted, casey went into hiding. >> we have her in a location that's very safe. >> reporter: but this morning casey anthony has re-emerged and returned to face the legal system once more. casey has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy protections in federal court in tampa. >> it's been a long time since i've been able to call something mine, and now that i have something even, you know, silly saying that i have a computer. >> reporter: among her debts, $500,000 in legal fees for her defense attorney, jose baez, in addition to over $200,000 in back taxes, fees and penalties. according to the courts, the aim of seeking chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is to be discharged
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of existing debts essentially to get a fresh financial start, a fresh start, which is something casey anthony is certainly no stranger to. and cbs affiliate kpho reports that anthony spoke with one of their anchors and called the filing "the next step towards closure." and popular snacks including devil dogs, ring-dings and yodels will soon or could soon be back on store shelves. the maker of little debbie snack cakes is reportedly the leading bidder to buy those brands from bankrupt hostess for up to $30 million. hostess still hasn't announced a lead bid for its most iconic treat, the twinkie, so the twinkie's fate is still up in the air. i'm sure that will be settled. and, finally, an unexpected visitor greeted a delay or created a delay at a college basketball game on saturday. it was a bat, a bat flying around the bradley center, there you see it in milwaukee. it sent players and coaches scrambling, hiding, ducking, stopping the game between marquette and -- amazing, huh, and providence.
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>> yeah. >> how about that. some players actually tried to knock the thing down out of the air with towels while others used towels to protect their heads. they didn't get the bat, but they did finish the game so where it came from, where it went, i have no idea. maybe it came from austin, texas. you know the bats on the river there. >> yeah, that's true. i doubt it. >> a long way. back to you guys. >> thanks, ron. now to a big ratcheting up in america's emotional gun control debate. families from newtown joining thousands of other people in a march on washington demanding change. but will this work? abc's david kerley was out with the marchers and joins us from washington. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has called on americans to put pressure on lawmakers for change. so braving the cold here in washington, several thousand tried to send a message in those chilly temperatures. >> this time we will not step back. [ cheers ] >> reporter: they came from all over the country, but 100 of
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them came from newtown. brian clements' wife, a teacher, survived the shooting at sandy hook elementary. >> it's really great to feel their support but to also be part of a larger movement to decrease gun violence in this country. >> reporter: with the president calling for a ban on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and universal background checks, supporters know it will be a tough battle. >> all: yes, we can. yes, we can. >> reporter: those on the mall have the support of many police organizations wanting more control on guns, but the milwaukee county sheriff in a radio message that may have to do more with budget cuts and deputy layoffs tell residents there, don't call 911 and wait, learn how to use a firearm. >> you could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed or you can fight back. but are you prepared? >> my name is collin goddard. >> reporter: nearly six years ago i met colin goddard, a student the virginia tech, shot four times still carrying three bullets but one of the survivors of the mass shooting which killed 32. now he's an advocate for gun control getting a shoutout from the vice president as the
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administration laid out its plans. >> he was in the classroom. he calls himself one of the lucky seven. >> reporter: and out on the mall goddard continued his fight. >> i'm not here today because of what happened to me. i'm here today because i kept seeing what happened to me happen to so many other people. >> reporter: and feels like he's starting to win. >> we're close, you know, this is the light at the end of the tunnel. this is emerging. >> reporter: president obama will be hitting the road in the coming weeks taking his now very strong message on guns to the people as congress, bianna, readies for a very heated debate. >> that's right, the senate scheduled to begin its hearing on gun control this wednesday. clearly an issue that's divided the nation. david, thank you so much. we're going to switch gears and turn to the prisoner authorities can't keep behind bars. he's escaped, not once, but twice and in two different states. the first time, he used a clever plan to simply walk out of jail. it worked so well he decided to use the same plan to escape again, a second time, and guess what, he succeeded.
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this morning he is still on the run, and abc's mark greenblatt is here with his story. good morning, mark. >> reporter: good morning, dan, bianna. this is a story that would seem far-fetched if it were in a movie but in real life the same man appears to have escaped from two jails the same way. each time convincing other inmates to stay behind in jail when they were the ones supposed to walk free. this morning, a nationwide hunt is on for the man in gray. u.s. marshals say he is a dangerous career criminal who keeps escaping from jail. 34-year-old rocky delgado marquez walked out of this one in phoenix last may after authorities say he switched identity bracelets with this man, 36-year-old mikel galaviz, another inmate scheduled for release. which is all it took for marquez to get out. it all left phoenix authorities stunned. >> we are investigating our process, the officers involved. >> reporter: it took eight months for the fugitive task force to catch up with marquez. he fled 2,000 miles away to detroit where they found him with a loaded ak-47 like this at his side. but it took him just six days to
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escape yet again, this time from the wayne county jail there, and it's suspected he broke out the very same way. the jails are having a hard time keeping rocky incarcerated. >> he's smarter than your average criminal. he's somehow getting inmates to cooperate with him to use their identities to walk out of jail. >> reporter: marquez pulled off his latest vanishing act just last sunday, and the ruse went undetected in detroit for days with no one catching on to his escape until friday. the wayne county sheriff's office tells abc "we have policies and procedures in place that should have prevented something like this from happening," but now he's running again fleeing both local and federal charges including conspiracy to launder money and intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana. >> mr. marquez does have a bit of a head start, but we have the best of the best working on the case, and i'm confident that rocky will once again be put behind bars. >> reporter: authorities consider marquez both armed and
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dangerous. bianna, dan, they think he's likely out committing other crimes right now while on the run. >> hopefully they'll catch him this time. mark, thanks. >> thanks, mark. now to president obama who is a man with a super ambitious agenda for his second term and not a lot of time to get it done. abc's martha raddatz in washington this morning guest hosting "this week." martha, good morning. >> good morning, dan. >> hey, good morning, martha. great to see you. one of the priorities the president has on his agenda, obviously, immigration reform, he's taking it up on tuesday. can he get this done? >> well, we'll have to see. we've also got it bipartisan group of senators coming up with a plan as well, and they will probably present that plan this week. we'll be talking to senator john mccain, senator bob menendez. they're working together on this plan. whether president obama detracts from the plan by going out on the road, going to nevada on tuesday, we're going to ask him about that, as well. >> interesting theory by just being associated with the plan it could drive some people away
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from the plan in congress. complicated dynamic. let's talk about this extraordinary interview, the joint interview, the first time it's happened with president obama and hillary clinton sitting down talking to "60 minutes." the whole thing airs tonight. i wonder is there talk in washington this isn't in some ways president obama picking favorites in the race to replace him in 2016 because joe biden is also talking about maybe running. >> reporter: that's right, and, you know, joe biden isn't sitting right next to the president in that interview. i don't think president obama has ever done an interview sitting next to anybody but his wife. so you bet there's a lot of talk about that, and we'll talk to our powerhouse roundtable about that. >> you even heard hillary clinton say that this is a surprise, who would have thought four years ago they would be sitting together and being so close. very interesting. also this week hearings, confirmation hearings for the president's defense choice, defense secretary choice, chuck hagel, begin. at times this seemed to vary. what are the odds this is actually going to go through? >> reporter: well, i think the chances are very good that this will go through.
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he's had a series of meetings including with senator mccain trying to work out differences, trying to basically say what they want to hear, i think, and explain his positions further. they had some controversy over israel, over iran. we're going to ask senator mccain about that this morning and whether he would now vote for chuck hagel. >> martha, thank you. martha has a big show this morning. senators john mccain and robert menendez, as she said, plus as she said, the powerhouse roundtable all coming up later this morning with martha raddatz on "this week." >> a busy show for martha. we're going to turn now to what's being called the drop dead gorgeous case, the woman who went from mechanic to beauty queen copping a plea to a brutal crime plotted with her ex-boyfriend to kill a man, and abc's clayton sandell has the details. >> reporter: peggy sue thomas is a former beauty queen contestant caught up in an ugly murder. >> i'm not the woman that's been portrayed in the papers over the last few years. >> reporter: the one-time navy airplane mechanic turned miss
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washington pleaded guilty thursday to helping former boyfriend james huden kill russel douglas. >> i would want to tell his family that i am so sorry for their loss. >> reporter: prosecutors believe thomas helped lure douglas to a remote area in 2003 so huden could shoot him. the alleged motive, murky. prosecutors think it may have been a revenge murder. huden and thomas believing douglas was abusing his wife and kids. >> we obtained what we believe is peggy thomas's fingerprint from the -- that connects her to the murder weapon. >> reporter: huden was convicted last summer of first degree murder. he is now serving 80 years. thomas was also charged with murder, and even though prosecutors admitted their case was largely circumstantial, thomas says she had no choice but to take a plea deal. >> my children are the most important thing to me and the thought of being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison and never being able to touch them or see my grandchildren in person was too
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big of a risk. >> reporter: thomas, who once married a millionaire who ran horses in the kentucky derby, will likely serve four years behind bars, a once plush life now headed to prison. for "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> it's an extraordinary story. let's check the national forecast now and it's time to go back to ginger zee. hey, again, ginger. >> good morning, guys. and there's been some huge rain in parts of the southwest. this picture is from arizona state university. that's right, phoenix had a daily record rainfall of over an inch and some problems with flooding and flagstaff, tucson, other places and san diego. they had in two days over or almost an inch of rain and that's what happens when you get it in southern california. let's talk about what is going to continue then in parts of southwest. it's going to be a little bit drier in california but let me put it in motion for you. some mountain snows in parts of the rockies but as the rain moves through, you'll still see it in parts of new mexico and arizona. so it's not quite over but it will be a whole lot lighter than it has been.
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the other issue this morning, fog, visibility waking up in dallas was near zero. oklahoma city, close to zero too. shreveport is going to be right in there. a lot of northern arkansas, even parts of the other gulf included in those warnings this morning so if you have travel, think of that early on. the ice has already started falling. you can see it here in purple. that's our biggest headline this morning for parts of the midwest and great lakes, chicago included. up to a quarter inch of ice today. captioned by, closed captioning services, inc >> albuquerque, new mexico, also
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got quite a bit of rain and this one shows it perfectly. look at that beautiful shot of the rain clouds there. gorgeous in parts of new mexico and next we go to chicago. one of the firefighters there took this. when they blast a building with water and it's that cold, look at what it looks like. you can send me your twitter photos @ginger_zee. can't wait to see them this week. let's head back to dan and bianna. >> an army of photographers out there. really cool. thank you, ginger. now to cold justice, which by the way if i ever get to star in a cop show, that's the name i want, cold justice. this is a creative judge employing unusual tactics. >> putting convicts to work by having them shovel snow for seniors. it doesn't stop there. he's actually right there working with them side by side. abc's gio benitez is here with this very creative form of punishment. >> it really is. dan and bianna. good morning. this is not like any criminal sentence you've seen before. but as the list of seniors with snowy lawns grows, so does the judge's need for an army of
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shoveling convicts. you might say a shovel is judge william dawson's gavel. in east cleveland, ohio, he spends this day shoveling snow for the elderly. >> i grew up in east cleveland, and i used to get up in the morning before going to school and shovel the snow for my mother so she could go to work. >> reporter: but judge dawson is taking that childhood pastime to a whole new level. in his courtroom convicts might be told to grab a shovel and not sit in a cell. >> some of the guys that come out are sentenced to do it and i tell them in court, it's hard work because we're actually shoveling snow. >> reporter: it's not the first time ohio judges have gotten creative with sentences. in november a woman who drove on a sidewalk to get around a school bus was sentenced to two days of publicly holding a sign that labeled her an "idiot." and in february, a judge ordered a man to apologize to his wife on facebook to avoid a 60-day jail sentence after violating a court order. >> community first, right? >> reporter: those weren't judge
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dawson's cases but he's always looking for new creative punishments. >> so there was a young man who ran from the police, he said, you know, i ran from the police and they couldn't keep up with me. i said, is that right? i said, well, part of your sentence will be meet me and my bailiff saturday and we're going to run around our community since you like running so much. >> reporter: the judge tells his stories with a smile because he says his only motivation is to help the community he grew up in. >> all right. >> thank you so much. >> you're welcome. we just came up with this idea because we know we have an older residency and want to help them out. >> that's right. you're beautiful, and it's our pleasure. >> okay. thank you. >> reporter: how nice. by the way, judge dawson does this on his own free time mostly on the weekends. dan, bianna. >> he's so young. for some reason, i expected like a grandfatherly figure. >> a lot of people didn't even believe that he was actually a judge, so now they know. >> very cool story, and cold justice, keep that in mind if i make it to hollywood someday. >> i cannot believe i'm about to
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say what i'm about to say, but we do have big news in the hunt for bigfoot. >> that's right. some say there is new evidence and if seeing isn't believing, maybe your ears will convince you -- or not. abc's john muller is here with the story. good morning, john. >> on the edge of his seat all morning. >> wondering how you got this assignment. >> strange, mysterious sounds have been coming out of a swampy area in the oregon's blue mountains for the last few months, the same mountains famous for bigfoot sightings. is this a bigfoot hearing? we'll let you decide. he is the elusive hairy legend and the tabloid hero and punch line divergent. bigfoot back in the headlines. but grainy video or sightings, this time something brand new. audio. bigfoot speaks. listen. listen again. the high-pitch shrieks and bass roars come from a swampy area in the blue mountains of oregon, a bigfoot hot spot for decades. the recording given to "the
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oregonian" newspaper. not impressed? people living in the area are. they've been hearing strange cries in the night since november. denise minthorn on the left told the paper she thinks whatever is in the swamp is calling out to another creature. some suggests it could be a young bigfoot lost calling out for his fellow bigfoots. >> these are not just animals. these are a type of people. >> reporter: don't tell these guys bigfoot is a bunch of craziness. they are professional bigfoot researchers. they've spent plenty of time in oregon's blue mountains. >> first it's more than one, remember, it's not bigfoot. it's bigfoots. there is a misconception out there that we're looking around for this one thing. >> reporter: one alternate theory, the high-pitched shrieks could be the screams of local foxes, of course, it could be possible maybe it's bigfoot chasing the local foxes. so whatever you think of the bigfoot, the noises themselves are a legitimate mystery. 1,500 residents live near that swampy area of the blue mountains.
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some say they've been scared to go out at night. one guy told "the oregonian" even his dogs were scared to go outside at night. you convinced? >> the first story in dan's new show "cold justice." >> i'm going to track down bigfoot. all right, thank you, john. >> you bet. >> appreciate it. i'm not sure you did, however. coming up on "good morning america," legal battle. an army staff sergeant fights for custody of his 2-year-old daughter put up for adoption without his knowledge. so how did he win her back? we'll tell you. downward dog, the hot, new trend in the yoga studio. they call it doga, a very limber german shepherd live in our studio this morning. keep it here for that. and start your engines, don't put the pedal to the metal just yet. see why this street race is going nowhere fast, part of our "fixation" segment coming up next. you don't want to miss it. when it comes to getting my family to eat breakfast,
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i'm just happy right now. i'm with my daughter. >> after a grueling legal battle, a reunion this morning between a father and his daughter. this little girl's mother put
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her up for adoption without telling the father. but what about the family who cared for the girl for nearly two years? we've got some major developments in an emotional case. good morning, everybody. i'm dan harris. >> and i'm bianna golodryga. it's sunday, january 27th. also this morning, completely different subject matter. from yoga to doga, find out why more people are making room on the yoga mat to teach their dogs the art of zen. >> yeah, we've got a german shepherd named baccus who is going to do some stretching. i was stretching backstage with baccus and might have pulled a hammy. that is coming up in just a few minutes. check this out. caught on tape, meet the veteran reporter who had a bit of a run-in with a goat. apparently goats can get nasty. we'll show you and hear from the victim directly. she's hilarious, by the way. that's coming up in "fixation." but we'll start this half hour with that reunion we mentioned between a soldier and his daughter. this is not the usual story. they were not separated by war, but instead by the girl's mom who put her up for adoption without telling the father. abc's tanya rivero is here with the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan.
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the battle for custody of his daughter with the family who thought they had adopted her dragged on for a bitter 22 months, most of the little girl's life, but it made the homecoming for soldier terry achan and his daughter all the sweeter. reunited at last. this adorable toddler and her father can now start a new life together. >> i'm just happy right now. i'm with my daughter. it's about time. >> reporter: a happy ending to the nightmare that began two years ago when soldier terry achan says his wife secretly gave their daughter up for adoption while he was out of state on active duty. and the utah family who adopted the little girl at birth fought achan bitterly to keep her. the freis, who have five other children, claimed he abandoned his family and mounted a tough legal battle for which they raised over $22,000 on their blog. >> it's as sad for them as others. >> reporter: the biological mother tira bland now divorced from achan defends the freis. >> they cared about me and, you
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know, the well-being of leah when he wasn't there, when he wasn't around, when he didn't care. >> reporter: bland told "the salt lake tribune" she learned about the adoption center of choice from watching mtv's "teen mom." the agency arranged for her to give birth in utah where experts say adoption laws are more lax. >> utah's laws appeal to people who want to get it done quick rather than people who want to get it done right. >> reporter: but the judge who awarded custody to achan says he is deeply troubled by the actions of the adoption agency which is reportedly being investigated by the state. >> this was an illegal adoption. it's an adoption agency that didn't do it part to fully investigate. >> reporter: happily achan has other concerns now. >> potty training. potty training is coming up right now, so potty training and me combing hair. >> but it's not quite over just yet. a final hearing of the freis'
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appeal is scheduled for late march. but it does appear the family is reaching out to achan to try to reconcile and arrange some visitation and for now achan seems open to it. he says the family took good care of his girl little girl and recognizes they love her, as well. dan and bianna. >> that's really nice. >> i hope they can. >> yeah, it is nice. that would be the best solution. if they could have some visitation. >> maybe they can help with the potty training. >> the hard stuff coming up. >> exactly. tanya, thank you. let's check back in with ron with the other stories developing this morning. >> hello there, bianna and dan. we have breaking news to report this morning from brazil where at least 180 people were killed overnight in a horrific fire at a packed nightclub in the southern part of that south american country. police say the fire started when a band started a fireworks display causing insulation to catch fire. and violence is erupting in egypt for the fourth day in a row as opponents of mohammed morsi are taking to the streets. they fired tear gas today.
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dozens have been killed in the clashes in recent days. starting today in this country, be prepared to pay a little extra to use your credit car. stores in most states are now allowing to add a charge of a surcharge, that is, of 4% to customers using visa and mastercards, but they must warn you first of whether they impose that charge. and top seeded novak djokovic has just won his third straight australian open by beating andy murray of scotland in four sets. djokovic is the first player to win three australian opens in a row since back in the 1960s, and, meanwhile, victoria azarenka won her second australian open on saturday, and while you might think her name would give the engraver, the trophy engraver trouble, it turns out it was her country, azarenka is from belarus. the trophy says her name and the initials b-e-l for belgium. blr, as everybody knows, is short for belarus. >> yeah. >> time now for weather. >> who doesn't know that? >> the engraver doesn't know that. >> ginger, you're up. >> yeah, everybody knows that. blr, all the time. let's talk about this. this is worth noting again.
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we mentioned at the beginning of the broadcast, it's already starting to report freezing rain in parts of iowa, des moines included. as it moves east southern wisconsin, chicago included there, parts of the state line right along michigan, indiana, ohio, and by monday morning, pittsburgh even in that quarter inch or more. now i told you about the warm-up, new york up to 60 by wednesday, so lots of warm and moist air up in front, another arctic blast will come in by late week, and with it the chance for severe weather. that's tuesday into wednesday from dallas to shreveport, little rock, memphis and birmingham, be on alert as we head toward the midweek. for now i want to a fly across the nation to give you an idea of what's happening here. atlanta, 54. they're ahead of all that rain. >> this weather report has been
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♪ the dog days are over ♪ dog days >> everybody knows yoga could be good for you, which is why it has exploded in recent years. >> that's right. and now there is baby yoga, laughing yoga, hot yoga, even face yoga and the new trend giving a whole new meaning to downward dog. ginger is here with that story. hey, ging. >> we want to reach that peaceful state. it's so in demand now yoga is literally going to the dogs. ♪ >> reporter: it's a yoga class. >> reach those arms into the air.
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>> reporter: it's called doga and the goal is to take all of the strength, stamina and serenity of yoga to the dogs. >> good boy. >> reporter: downward facing and otherwise. >> we have very busy lives, busy schedules, we might not have a lot of room to let our dogs run. so having a class where the dogs are being stimulated, they're being exercised, they're being stretched, and you're expending energy, as well. >> reporter: new jersey dog trainer robin lash has been using the human version of the popular exercise for years to help alleviate her back and neck pain. so when she wanted to help her ailing pup get some of those benefits, she turned to her friend, yogi karen stetzer. >> i know i enjoyed it when we were practicing with our own dogs together. we noticed the benefits in our own dogs. >> reporter: it went so well, in october the pair started up a class at the morris canine campus. the classes caught on, and now students are regularly coming to pose alongside their pooches. from those who already know their way around a namaste. >> i had actually stopped going
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to my yoga classes because i wasn't finding exactly what i wanted, but doing it with tyra is actually a lot more relaxing. >> reporter: to those who always yoga wasn't for them. >> i thought it was a bunch of sissies doing poses. i thought it was easy, and it's not easy. i just think i'm getting something for my health and something getting for her health. >> reporter: stetzer and lash welcome one and all and say they're happy the dog days are far from over. >> it's been wonderful. looking back on it, i'm really happy that we tried it. i'm happy it went so well. we hope to bring it to more people. >> karen stetzer is here with us with baccus, your pup, german shepherd. a beautiful dog we're all saying and you're going to show us some moves. >> yes. >> here in person. let's start it out. >> looks look we're starting with baccus standing on top of the ball, and what he's working right now is his abdominal muscles, so he's increasing his
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flexibility, moving from foot to foot so each leg is getting stronger as he's balancing on the ball. >> baccus is really going to have a strong core. >> yeah. >> wish all of us could. >> works my core out trying to hold the ball. >> what we're looking for is injury prevention and helping dogs as they get older so they can live longer, healthier lives. >> all the same as the benefits we get. >> exactly the same, absolutely. so i think we're going to have baccus do paws down. >> paws down. >> he doesn't want to get off the ball. >> off the ball. >> come on. >> there you go, bud. >> good boy. >> yay! >> his back. >> that's a good boy. >> and then we're also going to have karen do peekaboo, so this is a little bit of what happens in our studio when we're actually having doga class. >> oh, between the legs.
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>> sit. >> and we're going to do some gentle arm bends. >> rest. >> inhale up. >> rest. good boy. >> thank you guys so much for coming. >> thank you very much. thank you, baccus. and we'll be right back after a quick break. when we come back, we'll talk about this reporter who thought she was on a safe assignment. it wasn't doggie yoga but with barnyard animals, and we'll show you what happened to her. it's funny and so is she. keep it here. . it's funny and so is she. keep it here. honey! we're pregnant! what? we're pregnant! we're pregnant? yeah! you're going to be a mom! you're going to be a dad! there's a little baby in there? there's a human being growing inside your stomach? yeah! now what? i don't know? what? introducing huggies mommy answers. the best advice in one place. from the brand new moms trust.
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♪ you are an obsession you're my obsession ♪ welcome to our pageant of the absurd. we call it "fixation." i believe, ron, you're up first. >> you believe incorrectly, but i'll go first. >> oh. i'm fixated on this. >> i can go. >> no, i'm going to go. i'm going to go here. dan threw me off. this is a video -- you know those guys who do the dude perfect videos.
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amazing tricks. >> yeah, we've seen them before. >> texas a&m's heisman trophy winning quarterback johnny manziel doing some amazing tricks with a football hurling them from the top of the stadium, kyle stadium, into a basket over and over. check it out. in fact, almost hard to believe, but this is real. he really threw these footballs right into a basket. >> incredible. >> great quarterback. i was just kidding, dan. >> that's all right. bianna, are you up next? >> yes. >> okay, just checking. >> i have a new form of japanese rat racing. take a look at this. these guys are running instead of racing their cars, then they're pushing their cars, which reminded us of another race that one of us here on the couch may not want to see this video. >> oh, boy. >> he didn't get very far. >> yeah. >> nascar. >> that's me. >> dan. >> yeah. if i was an actor, i would not do my own stunts. >> all of us have probably tried "gangnam style" here or there even if it's at home and you're
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not showing anyone. these two folks -- ♪ little babies. >> oh. >> -- look better than anybody doing it. >> the one on the left can really do it. >> yeah. >> psy, look for your new backup dancer. >> that's hilarious. >> keeps going. >> let's take a look at the video we've been talking about all morning. this is a veteran reporter from sarasota, florida, linda carson, and, boom. >> that wasn't very nice. >> she was head-butted by a -- ginger is correct, it was not very nice. she was head-butted by a -- >> repeatedly. >> no, this is on a loop. this did not happen repeatedly. we did catch up with linda via skype. here's what she had to say about the experience. did you walk away with any lacerations? >> i was not looking for teeth at that moment. he hit me from the rear. i went up into the air and came down, plop. i was standing on something
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that's very much like a mattress, so it was very soft, but my big thought then was, am i sitting on poop? >> do you believe this is a cautionary tale for the farm yard? >> absolutely. never trust a goat. never turn your back on a goat, and never try calming a goat. i just said really nice things about him. i said he was very friendly, and down i went. he knew i didn't really mean that. >> this, by the way, is what we call news you can use, never turn your back on a goat. >> never trust a goat. >> she really didn't see that coming. >> she didn't see it coming. >> no. >> we'll be right back with more "gma" after a quick break. ♪ who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me ♪ >> we'll be right back with more "gma" after a quick break. ♪ who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me ♪ the cliffhangers out in the new crime novel... and some b-f-fs from college joked about looking up old flames on facebook -- all over delicious entrees like our new parmesan crusted steak from our $20 dinner for two. chili's -- more life happens here.
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good morning. welcome to "this week." >> so help you god. >> so help me god. the president takes a stand.
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>> we are made for this moment, and we will seize it. >> how far will he push in his new term? the secretary of state takes on her critics. >> what difference at this point does it make? and tough words as republicans regroup. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. plus, senators crossing the aisle to work on immigration reform. what's in their plan? we'll ask our headliners, arizona republican senator john mccain and new jersey democratic senator bob menendez. then our powerhouse roundtable takes on all the week's politics, and is there really a controversy over this? ♪ and the home of the brave >> you know who caught her, lance armstrong. yeah, he is such a stickler for the truth now. joining us, george will, democratic strategist donna brazile, republican congressman dave schweikert, new republic publisher and facebook co-founder chris hhe